Blog Tour: Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson

When I was asked to participate in the blog tour for Dance of Thieves, I was given the opportunity to ask Mary Pearson one question about the books. One thing that fascinated me about The Remnant Chronicles is the world itself. There are all these kingdoms that were formed by several very different groups of people for various reasons, and the books in TRC and now Dance of Thieves explore the very complicated relationships between the kingdoms and a few individuals living in them. At this point, we are very familiar with Morrighan and the Komizar's Venda with a splash of Dalbreck thrown in... but now it's time to see NEW lands (and a splash of Venda under new management). So check out my question to Mary-the-author and be sure to enter my giveaway for a SIGNED copy of Dance of Thieves, the start of an all-new series set in the world of The Remnant Chronicles.

PS Anyone who has not yet read The Remnant Chronicles: YES, you can read Dance of Thieves without reading TRC first! It will definitely spoil the ending of the series (a couple deaths & some relationships), and I LOVE TRC so I absolutely recommend you read them, but you can totally jump right on board with Kazi & Jase in Dance of Thieves.

Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Genre: young adult fantasy
Format/Source: ARC, from the publisher
Status: Book 1 of the Dance of Thieves duology
(spin off series from The Remnant Chronicles)
Links: The Heart of Betrayal review (book 2 of TRC)

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour. This does not affect the content of my review.

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A new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty's resentment and anger.

At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions. 

Mary-the-blogger: Hi, Mary! Fans of The Remnant Chronicles are so excited to return to the Kingdoms of the Remnant, and new readers have a treat in store as they visit for the first time. The world you've created is a really large one, and although we saw much of it in Lia's travels throughout the trilogy, there's still so much more to explore. Can you tell me a little about how Tor's Watch and Hell's Mouth differ from the lands we've seen before and how you chose these locations for the new series?
Mary Pearson: Tor’s Watch didn’t have a name at first but it was always in the back of my mind, a place that held a key to the history of the Remnant world. It was a place where the greatest ruling Ancient leader made a last ditch effort to save it—or at least some small part of it. Thus we meet, Aaron Ballenger, the most powerful man in the land, reduced to trying to survive like everyone else, a man who made the supreme sacrifice and died trying to save a bedraggled contingent of children. Before he died he passed the baton onto his fourteen year-old grandson, Greyson, charging him with keeping them all alive and getting them to a safe place.

It was a tall order for a frightened fourteen year-old boy. That safe place ended up being Tor’s Watch—a mysterious vault cut into the side of a mountain. So the beginnings of Tor’s Watch were twenty-three hungry, terrified children ages three to fourteen. They did manage to survive, but it was a harsh life in a harsh land and it colored their view of the rest of the world, or what little they knew of it. Generations later, the Ballenger descendants are still suspicious of outsiders and don’t tolerate any kind of interference. And yet that is exactly what Kazi is tasked with doing—interfere! And it doesn’t go well.

Besides a different landscape, Tor’s Watch and Hell’s Mouth (the town that sprouted up nearby) have a different history from the other Remnant kingdoms, which is no surprise. The kingdoms mostly evolved separately from each other and drew from their own folklore and oral histories.

I chose these locations based in part on Eislandia.  It was named in the books from the beginning, though not on the original map simply because of technical difficulties—the designer was running out of room for labels! But it has been added now, and I always knew that Eislandia—the nearest kingdom to Tor’s Watch—was a farming community and sparsely populated. It helped add to the remoteness of this world and its hidden enclaves. Tor’s Watch is the tiniest and most remote of them all, but it holds some big secrets.

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About the Author:
Mary E. Pearson is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of ten novels.  Her works include The Remnant Chroncles and Dance of Thieves. The Adoration of Jenna Fox, and the other books in the series have been optioned for film, and A Room on Lorelei Street was a Golden Kite Award Winner. She writes full-time from her home office in California where she lives with her husband.

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  1. This is amazing. I love The Remnant Chronicles and am really looking forward to reading Dance of Thieves soon! Thank you for this opportunity, Mary!

    1. My favorite character is Lia, I love how strong she became throughout the series and I adore her relationship with Rafe.

    2. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! And yes, Lia's growth throughout the series is so well done. Mary did a great job with her!

  2. My favorite character is Lia. After inhaling the Remnant Chronicles, I was a bit disappointed in that I didn't feel that she and Rafe didn't have a clear path to be together. I hope this new series shows that they did find a way...

    1. You'll have to read Dance of Thieves to find out! (and you WILL find out!)

  3. I love The Remnant Chronicles so much that, oddly, I don't know that I have a favorite character. It's kind of the same for Dance of Thieves. I love the world, the character development, all the character relationships and interactions... everything in the series is amazing and creates a beautiful book. That being said, my favorite from TRC is probably Lia. Right now, the character from DoT that I am most interested in is Jase. I can't wait to see how his and Kazi's story develops in the next book.

    1. I am DYING for Vow of Thieves. I really wanna know what's going on up in Tor's Watch!

  4. I LOVED The Remnant Chronicles!! Kaden was my favorite. I just loved his character and how loyal he was. *swoons* Thanks for the chance <3

    1. Kaden is a sweetie. I loved his ending in the trilogy. I was EXTREMELY satisfied with it.

  5. Hi,
    I haven't had a chance to read the series yet but I hope to soon. A series that I would love to see a spin off to is the Doon Saga by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. It's a wonderful story and I'd love to see how people are doing after several years have passed!

  6. I haven't read The Remnant Chronicles yet. A series that I need a spin off is Julie Kagawa's Talon series.

  7. Maybe The Royal Bastards series by Andrew Shvarts. Thank you

  8. Yesss, it was great getting to know more about the Remnant world! And my fave of course is Lia. my QUEEN. *cries bc she is perfect*

  9. I need to check out this series! One series I wish had a spinoff is the Illuminate Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

  10. TRC have been in my TBR forever! I would love if The Wrath and the Dawn had a spin-off!

  11. I would love to read this ...especially after reading the synopsis!